Batman: Year One (2011)

Batman Year One. Man, what a great movie. I’ve nearly forgotten how good Frank Miller once was, and this movie brought it all back. It’s always odd when you talk about convincing characters in a superhero comic/movie context, but as far as this is possible the characters feel real. Batman is still a novice, all raw skill and no experience yet. But the real star of the piece is Jim Gordon, who has come to Gotham to prove his worth as a cop only to discover that Gotham police force isn’t exactly about upstanding behavior. It’s been some time since I read the comic version, but from what I remember the movie adaptation does the comic more than justice. Not only are there no major changes, the transition from comic to animation has been pretty smooth and everything just feels right.